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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Tommy Igoe and his Birdland band On Center: Tommy Igoe and his Birdland band
1 week ago - Town and gown
People who appreciate high-octane jazz can experience the vibe of a landmark club when drummer Tommy Igoe and his big band, in their first tour in five years, recreate the excitement of an evening at Birdland. Featuring some of the finest musicians in New York City, The Birdland All-Stars sets the [Read More]
On Center: Appalachian Christmas On Center: Appalachian Christmas
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
In a new holiday program, Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, explores the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Celebration — featuring 11 instrumentalists, 16 chorus members, and two vocal soloists — follows the joys and sorrows of the [Read More]
On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura music. [Read More]
On Center: Appalachian Christmas On Center: Appalachian Christmas
6 weeks ago - Town and gown
Centuries ago, the carols and fiddle tunes of Celtic Europe crossed the Atlantic and found a second home in the mountains of Virginia. They mingled with shape-note hymns and African spirituals to create the soulful Christmas music of Appalachia. The people of the highlands welcomed the Christ child [Read More]
On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra On Center: Spanish Harlem Orchestra
10 weeks ago - Town and gown
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura music. “Salsa may have its origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Latin America, but it was forged in New York City and that at least is where its heart [Read More]
Lila Downs to Tell Impassioned Stories Through Song at Eisenhower Auditorium Lila Downs to Tell Impassioned Stories Through Song at Eisenhower Auditorium
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Central Pennsylvanians not familiar with Downs’ three-octave vocal range and poignant storytelling can get to know her when she makes her Penn State premiere on Oct. 17 at Eisenhower Auditorium. [Read More]
On Center: Soprano, piano, and percussion to unite in concert of contemporary works On Center: Soprano, piano, and percussion to unite in concert of contemporary works
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dawn Upshaw, a five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, and Gilbert Kalish, a celebrated pianist and her longtime accompanist, will join with Sō Percussion, a quartet that “plays with an irresistible vitality” (Washington Post), to perform music by two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers at 7:30 p. [Read More]
On Center: Mexican American Lila Downs tells impassioned stories through song On Center: Mexican American Lila Downs tells impassioned stories through song
19 weeks ago - Town and gown
Lila Downs is a global superstar and champion of indigenous cultures, but most people in the State College area probably haven’t heard of her. Central Pennsylvanians not familiar with Downs’ three-octave vocal range and poignant storytelling can get to know her when she makes her Penn [Read More]
On Center: Flip FabriQue On Center: Flip FabriQue
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Montreal, the fertile crescent of contemporary circus, has done it again. Flip FabriQue, the newest gravity-defying sensation from Quebec, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere this fall in Catch Me!, a celebration of fun and friendship. [Read More]
On Center: Flip FabriQue On Center: Flip FabriQue
23 weeks ago - Town and gown
Montreal, the fertile crescent of contemporary circus, has done it again. Flip FabriQue, the newest gravity-defying sensation from Quebec, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere this fall in Catch Me!, a celebration of fun and friendship. “The young members of [Read More]
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